The School of Engineering Honors Outstanding Faculty Members Nenad Gucunski, Ioannis Adroulakis, and Wade Trappe

The Rutgers University School of Engineering is pleased to announce the 2013 Faculty Award winners, following a nomination and selection process that included the School’s faculty, alumni, and friends. Nenad Gucunski, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering has been named Faculty of the Year and Ioannis Androulakis, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and Wade Trappe, Electrical and Computer Engineering associate professor, have both been named Outstanding Engineering Faculty in recognition of their contributions to the School of Engineering through their achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service.

“These awards are a source of great pride to the School of Engineering and the awardees are representative of the skills and accomplishments of our faculty,” said Tom Farris, dean of the School of Engineering. “In addition to the recognizing the outstanding educational commitment of our faculty, the awards are also an excellent opportunity to highlight the leading edge research that is taking place within the School of Engineering.”

The Outstanding Engineering Faculty awardees are nominated by a department chair and selected by the School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board. The Faculty of the Year awardee may be nominated by any member of the Engineering community and is selected by a committee that includes previous recipients of the SoE Medal of Excellence and Faculty of the Year award. Recipients receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to further their scholarship and research activities.

The 2013 winners were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception in the lobby of the Biomedical Engineering Building on April 5, that was attended by faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty of the Year: Nenad Gucunski

Professor Gucunski celebrates with SOE faculty and students.

Nenad Gucunski, who joined the School of Engineering faculty in 1991, is a leading member of a small group of internationally recognized infrastructure systems specialists and his expertise is frequently sought by government and industry at all levels of management and operations. His research interests are in the areas of seismic methods and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques, dynamic soil structure interaction, and numerical modeling with a focus on numerical modeling of pavement and bridge deck structure. Gucunski’s latest research project, the development of a robotic infrastructure monitoring system, is a national success story in the transportation community.

Gucunski has been noted for his unique ability to build teams for critical large scale projects and has secured major awards from NIST and USDOT as a result of his effective collaboration with academia and industry. He has served as a technical consultant to many agencies including the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, U.S. Army Marine Corps, and the United Nations Development Program for India. Gucunski received a B.S.E. from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and an M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.

Outstanding Engineering Faculty: Ioannis Androulakis

Ioannis Andoulakis with Fred Bernath and Tom Farris.

Ioannis Androulakis’ active research program focuses primarily on translational systems biology of inflammation, which has led to the development of novel models linking inflammatory response and biological rhythms. He has established collaborations with leading experts around the country and has managed to establish an integrated research program involving both theoretical/computational work and in vivo (animal) studies. His research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, EPA, ONR and industrial funds.

In addition to his faculty position within the School of Engineering, Androulakis is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and serves as the undergraduate director and advisor to the Biomedical Engineering Student Society. Androulakis received a B.S. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an M.S and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Outstanding Engineering Faculty: Wade Trappe

Wade Trappe with Fred Bernath and Tom Farris.

In addition to his academic responsibilities in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wade Trappe is an associate director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB) and is a leading authority in the field of wireless network security. He regularly briefs industrial sponsors on the latest developments in wireless technology and is well recognized by his peers at top tier research universities collaborating with distinguished researchers at Princeton University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon.

Trappe’s research interests are in the areas of multimedia security, wireless security, wireless networking, and cryptography. His research focus is on non-traditional approaches to security and reexamination of the conceptual definitions of security and privacy. He received a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.